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he BRACE was an extension and expansion of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) Tampa Bay Atmospheric Deposition Study. The Florida Department of Environment Protection (FDEP) funded the BRACE, and Dr. Thomas Atkeson was the program manager. Other agencies and universities involved with the BRACE were the TBEP, the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County (EPCHC), Pinellas County Department of Environmental   Management (PCDEM), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA); the University of South Florida (USF), the University of Maryland (UMD), the University of Miami (UM), Texas Tech University (TTU) and the University of Michigan (UMICH).

BRACE Monitoring Sites

Five air quality monitoring sites and four meteorological sites across Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. The "super" site shown in the photograph (below) was located near Valrico, Florida.

Air pollution monitoring site in Sydney, Florida (May 2002)


BRACE Mission

  • Improved estimates of the atmospheric nitrogen deposition to Tampa Bay

  • Apportionment of atmospheric nitrogen between local, regional and remote emission sources

  • Assessment of the Tampa Bay air quality before and after the TECO Gannon Station re-powering from coal to natural gas


This page was last edited at 08/21/2007